Iberostar Bávaro - Dominican Republic

Iberostar Bávaro Golf Club,
Higuey,
Playa Bávaro,
Punta Cana,
Dominican Republic


  • +1 849-624-4526

  • Fernando Martin Farruggia

  • P. B. Dye

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P.B. Dye was busy in the Bávaro area of Punta Cana; he refashioned Bávaro's oldest layout in 2010 – Lakes Barceló – having completed an original design a little further up the coast for the Iberostar Bávaro hotel the previous year. PB also fashioned La Cana in 2001, the first course at Punta Cana. PB has shaped the golfing scene at Punta Cana in the east almost as significantly as his late father determined the golfing landscape at La Romana in the south.

There’s a veritable plethora of golf courses from which to choose along Punta Cana's relatively short stretch of coastline. Between Punta Espada, the highly ranked Jack Nicklaus layout at Cap Cana in the southeast, to Hard Rock Cana Bay (another Nicklaus Design) to the northwest, you’ll find PB’s layout at the Iberostar Bávaro, which is set immediately adjacent to the Nick Price-designed course at Punta Blanca.

Located a little way inland from the Iberostar hotel complex, the course was cleverly shaped from a flat, rock-strewn landscape into an interesting Caribbean golfing challenge where lakes, streams and sandy waste areas combine to keep visitors and hotel guests on their toes. Golfers who want to be challenged can use the longest of the four tee boxes where the layout stretches to almost 6,800 yards.

An unusual starfish-shaped island green complex, surrounded by sand (rather than water) from tee to green, appears at the par three 8th. This hole will certainly remain etched in the memory bank and the green’s star shape (the hotel chain's logo) is a reminder, in case you needed one, that you’re playing an Iberostar resort course.

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Description: ​P.B. Dye was busy in the Bávaro area of Punta Cana; he refashioned the region’s oldest layout in 2010 – Lakes Barceló – having only just completed an original design in 2009 a little further up the coast for the Iberostar Bávaro hotel. Rating: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 3
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Colin Braithwaite

Iberostar is a very good course. The first hole is a short welcoming par four. The 2nd is the first par three. It is mid-length with bunker front right and left. Not sure why it is rated the 6th toughest hole on the course. The third is a short par four. Favor the right side off the tee. The greenside bunkers right are very interesting as it extends into a almost cave like overhang. The 4th is the longest par four on the course and the number two handicap, dogleg left. There are several fairway bunkers right so favor left of center. The first par five is rated as the easiest hole and it is, heck even I birdied it. Fairway bunkers litter the left and right and the green is elevated. Three average shots and you are putting for birdie. The 6th and 7th run parallel to each other and are 374 and 379 respectively. The par three 8th is mid-length. The interesting feature is the green appears to be set in an island starfish in a sea bunker. The 9th is the longest par five that leans right. Favor left of center, there are a few scattered fairway bunkers but along waste bunker on the right side.

The back opens with a par four that plays shorter than it’s listed length. Water all the way down the right side. Good birdie oppty. The 11th is the longest par three with some water and bunkers but it is not the third hardest hole. The 12th is slightly uphill with a mogul and fairway bunker on the right side about 120 yards out. Stallions can clear this and have a pitch to the green. Obviously, I came in from the left. The 13th is the shortest par five and definitely reachable. Pretty straight and non-descript. The highlight of the hole is a small tree growing out of a stump. The 14th is real golf hole, long S shape par four slightly uphill and water left. The green is perched on a ledge, it is deservedly the number one handicap hole. The 15th is a short par four and a birdie hole. Consider laying up as there are two large bunkers left and right starting about 80 yards out. Good birdie oppty. The 16th is a short Florida par three. The last par five bends right and is uphill. Play it as a three shotter and three decent shots will have you putting for birdie. The closing hole is a good one. The hole contours left to right and the fairway is quite generous on the right. The gotcha is the further right the more the water carry, especially when the pin is right.

Good course that I would pay to play again.

March 26, 2022
7 / 10
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RICHARD TURNLEY

I have been visiting this course since it opened and am so happy that the hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs that were planted have all matured to be a beautiful place to play golf. Few of the tress comeinto play and it requires a very poor shot to find any water hazard. The course is normally maintained in wonderful condition but today there was evidence of some heavy specific poisoning of bad grasses on the fairways and everything was not quite pristine as normal ..but still far better condition than other Dominican courses. It is not a difficult course with very few long irons to the greens but it is a delight to play because of the condition , the profusion of so many flowering trees and ducks and water fowl squealing. A most welcoming staff also.

September 14, 2020
7 / 10
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Dave Finn

Renowned architect P.B Dye turned a relatively flat piece of land into a world class test of golf for players of all skill levels. Dye dug down and mounded the dirt on either side of the fairways so most errand shots will filter back into play, but the swales and mounding will surely keep you off balance.

There are 105 white quartz sand bunkers and the course is seeded with salt water tolerant ‘Supreme Paspalum’ turfgrass. The conditioning here is great, and the putting surfaces have subtle breaks.

Red bougainvillea line the wide fairways that allow for plenty of room off the tee to spray the ball. However, in typical P.B. design style the danger lurks around the greens.

The 3rd green is reminiscent of what you are in for with a natural cenote cave on the right and water on the left of this narrow green. You will not get much roll or bounce on the first cut of rough because the “snatch grass”, as I like to call it, is not long but very thick.

A word to the wise. Be careful on your approach to the 9th hole since the front right bunker can swallow a human and water guards the left side.

#10 and 14 are the signature holes. The 10th features a waterfall adjacent to the green with a river that flows into a lake bordering the entire right side of the fairway. With the prevailing winds off the sea, this hole plays much short then it looks. #14 is a long par 5 where your approach shot will make your knees knock because the stone-wall pond in front.

#16 is a short par 3 entirely over water. Definitely one of my favourites probably because it was my only birdie of the day.

There is a full practice facility that includes a driving range, putting green, sand bunkers and V1 golf swing video analysis.

July 19, 2020
6 / 10
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